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Discussion in 'Scott Nix Frog Fan Forum' started by Bizarro Frog, Jan 13, 2018.
The greatest college football anouncer ever? He is in my book.
RIP Keith Jackson
Stay hard Keith!!
The soundtrack of Saturday.
Great announcer!! Agree he’s the best!!
Man, Keith was absolutely the best. I would have watched him call a game of checkers.
"Whoa, Nellie!' inspired several generations of young play-by-play announcers.
Loved listening to the games he called. He was fun to listen to. RIP Mr. Jackson, "Whooa Nellie"!
The other day a guy got off the elevator and said "you better have rocks in your pocket today. " I asked if he was a Keith Jackson fan and he was clueless (millenial).
True but unimportant semi-related fact: for a brief time we owned a horse we named Nellie. Girls liked the name. I just wanted to be able to say “whoa Nellie”.
He was so distinctive, unique, and fun to listen to. A less well-known phrase:
Sad. That was the voice that indicated an important game was on.
He said "Alabama" cooler than anyone ever. In the history of ever.
Keith's sidekick for a long time on broadcasts was Frank Broyles-- ex Arky football coach.
They were discussing the upcoming Okie- Nebraska game and it's implications.
Broyles wanted to know where the game was going to be played, and came up with this:
"Whea dey gonna play this yeah Keith, Boulda? Bless old Frank's southern fried heart, he meant well.
Keith just looked bewildered, and quickly changed the subject.
Guy named Tipps, think his name was Vern or somesuch. He was even better than Keith and I think Jackson got a lot of his stuff from TIpps. Not even sure I got his name right, been so long.
Tipps did a lot of the old Humble Oil, Exxon Southwest Conference games.
Yeah, but Keith was half a head taller than Tipps and could see the field over the microphone a whole lot better.
GOAT and not even close, IMO. For my money he pretty much invented televised football (I don't watch NFL). Grew up watching him and Bud Wilkinson on ABC, and there was absolutely nothing else like it on TV then. The one time I was lucky to attend a game the two of them were covering, it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Knew we were involved in something really special. Memory could be fuzzy, but I could swear I remember them prior to the game on a flatbed on rails, moving along the sideline doing their pre game coverage.